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My my medieval romance fans know me as Patricia Ryan and my historical mystery fans as P.B. Ryan. Over the past 15 years, I've published 27 novels and novellas (with #28 in the works), with editions in over 20 countries. My books are known for being brisk, emotionally gripping page-turners. Silken Threads, my medieval romance inspired by Hitchcock's Rear Window, won Romance Writers of America's RITA Award for Best Long Historical Romance. I've also received a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best Historical Romantic Mystery/ Suspense for The Sun and the Moon, and a Mary Higgins Clark Award nomination for my first Nell Sweeney mystery, Still Life With Murder
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on Dec. 17, 2011 :
These mysteries are so much fun. Rarely predictable. And even when one guesses it just about right, the hows and whys of it all turn out to complex they mystery so much, one wonders how Ms. Ryan imagines it all. And yet, for all the complexity, they never seem overly contrived, or confusing. It's like a great ball of string that eventually gets unwound. For all the fun of watching a mystery get solved, of a murder and its evidence and its suspects being examined, I think what truly has me hooked is watching this relationship slowly develop. As it does, Nell's life grows increasingly complex. Ms. Ryan has written their story with such subtlety and care that it reminds one of more serious literary fiction. It's the best of both worlds, really, a slow, character driven saga, broken up into shorter, action packed, digestible chapters. I'm really relishing in them. I'll be very sad when I've finished the last one.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on Aug. 16, 2010 :
Again very detailed description of the aftermath of a murder scene and fascinating insights into forensic science of the time, and I finally have the impression the romance is taking off (considering the internal time frame it all makes sense) - still too little Gracie, though ^^.
I love the introduction of a very flamboyant minor character who will show up in the next book as well, and was led along by the red herring until the end again.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)